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​Quarles & Brady Selects Katherine Perhach as New Milwaukee Office Managing Partner

Outstanding Litigation Attorney to Lead One of the City’s Largest Law Firms

MILWAUKEE, WIS. — The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP and its firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson today announced that partner Katherine Maloney Perhach has been selected as the new Milwaukee office managing partner. Her term begins on January 1, 2015. Katie succeeds Kathryn M. Buono, who is leaving the firm to join Briggs & Stratton Corp. as vice president, secretary and general counsel.

“Katie has been a dynamo for Quarles & Brady,” said firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “Her unique combination of intelligence, empathy, and energy makes her a perfect candidate to succeed Kathie Buono, who has served the firm admirably this year, as office managing partner in Milwaukee.”

Perhach, a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, handles general and complex lender liability, financial institutions, bankruptcy, eminent domain, and real estate litigation in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. She is also a member of the firm’s Financial Services Industry Team and has been heavily involved in the firm's corporate social responsibility and pro bono legal activities in Milwaukee.

Perhach is an award-winning litigator, who received the 2011 Alumni Award for Exemplary Community Leadership from Pius XI Catholic High School; is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law); was named a 2009 Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal; and was selected for inclusion in the 2009 Wisconsin Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights). In her new role as Milwaukee office managing partner, Perhach similarly aims to position Quarles & Brady as a Midwestern legal powerhouse and enhance the firm’s national reputation.

“I’m confident I'm leaving Quarles & Brady in the very best of hands,” said Kathie Buono. “I know Katie will hit the ground running and continue to move this office—and the firm—in a positive direction.”

Perhach will be one of three women who serve as office managing partners among the firm’s ten locations across the country, reflecting the firm’s appreciation of leadership excellence among women. As of January 1, 2014, Nicole Stanton was named Phoenix-office managing partner, while Ave Bie has led the Madison office for several years.

"I'm honored to take on this exciting new opportunity," said Perhach. "I look forward to working closely with my peers to continue the tradition of excellence that has been the hallmark of Quarles & Brady for as long as anyone can remember, as well as help the firm find new, dynamic ways to grow and succeed as a visible and vibrant member of the greater Milwaukee community in the months and years to come."

About Katherine Perhach
Katherine Perhach is the chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Litigation Group. She has substantial experience in lender liability claims, commercial loan enforcement, real estate disputes, and eminent domain matters. She also regularly advises and represents clients in bankruptcy and receivership cases. 'Her practice extends to matters in state, federal, and bankruptcy court. She earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Marquette University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her law degree cum laude from Marquette University Law School.